Alan Johnson’s two-car Al-Anabi racing team has lost its funding from the Qatar Racing Club.

The Al-Anabi Racing Team won NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Top Fuel world championships in 2010, 2011 and 2013. The team has won 42 races in the last six seasons with drivers Larry Dixon, Del Worsham, Shawn Langdon, and Khalid alBalooshi. Now, with the 2015 NHRA season roughly a month away, the team’s future is murky after the Qatar Racing Club notified its team members today it is terminating funding for all North American motorsports activities.

 “We are obviously surprised and disappointed about this completely unexpected turn of events,” said team owner Alan Johnson. “Our plans for the 2015 NHRA season were nearing completion starting with pre-season testing next week in Florida and the first race of the 2015 NHRA season a month from today in California. Many things are uncertain, and our situation is obviously still evolving. We are currently exploring our options, and we hope to have more news in the near future.”

When the team has additional information regarding its future, it will make another announcement.


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Author: David Fuller

David Fuller is OnAllCylinders' managing editor. During his 20-year career in the auto industry, he has covered a variety of races, shows, and industry events and has authored articles for multiple magazines. He has also partnered with mainstream and trade publications on a wide range of editorial projects. In 2012, he helped establish OnAllCylinders, where he enjoys covering all facets of hot rodding and racing.